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8 Amazing New Grill Restaurants

America's Best New Grill Restaurants

Flame-loving chefs are taking a grill-centric approach to cooking, elevating humankind's oldest and simplest culinary technique into its tastiest. Here are 8 excellent new places around the country.

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Expert Lessons

Why the Best Chefs Are Burning Wood in Their Kitchens

Why the Best Chefs Are Burning Wood in Their Kitchens

Matthew Dillon explains why he chose to "put himself at the mercy of the fire," as he says, and fuel his new kitchen solely with wood.

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Expert Guide

3 New Smokers, from Budget to Baller

Smoker City

America's grill obsession has sparked a fascination with home smokers. Here, new models to satisfy your inner pit master.

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F&W Book Club

Why You Should Add Espresso to Your Barbecue Sauce

Why You Should Add Espresso to Your Barbecue Sauce

When Cheryl and Bill Jamison published Smoke & Spice in 1994, they created a definitive grilling guide. Now they've updated their opus with global flavors they couldn't have imagined two decades ago.

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Expert Guide

4 Super-Easy Dishes to Make with Cucumbers

Green Market Math: Cucumbers

F&W's Kay Chun reveals four fantastic ways to use cucumbers, from refreshing gazpacho to super-simple fried rice.

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Summer Handbook

16 Top Barbecue Pitmasters Descend on New York in June

The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party will transform Manhattan’s Madison Square Park into a meat-and-smoke-filled urban barbecue pit tended by 16 of the best grill masters from across the nation.

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Seasonal Survival Guide

Combating Winter with Summer Drinks

Toby Cecchini's Improved Pendennis Club Cocktail

We've had five feet of snow in New York City, it's been frigid for months and I've reached my limit on whiskey-based cocktails. Roll out the daiquiris and the piña coladas and the gin and tonics—I'm done!

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F&W Summer Bucket List

Three Fantastic Music Food Festivals

Lollapalooza Culinary Director Graham Elliot

You don’t need me to tell you that food festivals have gotten exponentially better since the days when a foot-long corn dog was big news. You also know that, beverage-wise, music festivals aren’t just about bad beer in plastic cups that you hope someone doesn’t throw at your head. Still, the improvement is mind-blowing. Think Chicago’s Lollapalooza and Outside Lands in San Francisco. The only problem, besides getting into some of them, is deciding whether to describe these upcoming events as food festivals or music festivals. It’s your call.

Cultivate Festival; Denver, August 17
Food, ideas & music: That’s the tagline of this free, Chipotle-sponsored festival. For food, there are cooking demos from the likes of Top Chef winner Richard Blais and Chopped judge Amanda Freitag, plus lots of dishes such as soft tacos and gorditas. Musicwise, the L.A. band Cold War Kids is scheduled to headline. And then there are the ideas, which include the California Avocado Experience, and the Farm Facts Experience, which teaches about livestock (free-range versus confined, and more). This being Colorado, the craft brew scene will be off the hook, represented by the likes of Avery Brewing Co., Oskar Blues Brewery and Strange Brewing Co. chipotle.com/cultivate

Boston Calling; Boston, September 7-8
Boston is lucky: The town has already had one Boston Calling festival this year, in May. The food lineup for the fall edition is still a secret, so let’s talk about what happened at the spring show, which featured a roundup of the city’s best food trucks, including Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, the Shuckin’ Truck (lobster and scallop rolls, fish tacos, clam chowder) and Kickass Cupcakes (cupcake–ice cream sundaes). As far as the fall music lineup, Vampire Weekend and Passion Pit are headlining; Solange and Kendrick Lamar are scheduled to be there, too. bostoncalling.com

Petty Fest Nashville; Nashville, September 21-22
It might be easier to list the cool chefs who aren’t part of this subset of Nashville’s terrific Music City Eats festival, whose creators include Kings of Leon’s Caleb and Nathan Followill, and chef Jonathan Waxman. (Full disclosure: Food & Wine magazine is a sponsor.) The festival features chefs’ demos and panel discussions with Michael Symon, Tim Love, John Besh, Nancy Silverton, Ed Lee and Donald Link. On the 21st, you’ll also find the fourth annual Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers–dedicated Petty Fest, hosted by the Kings of Leon and the Cabin Down Below Band, with special guests. The website promises: “If you love Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers you’ll be in heaven. If you don’t, you will. Petty Fest will do you like that.” musiccityeats.com

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Tasting Room

Affordable Summer Wines: Dry Rosés

Vera Vinho Verde Rosé

Pair with grilled vegetables, turkey burgers, hot dogs and pasta salads.

2012 Vera Vinho Verde Rosé ($11) From a region known for its white wines, this low-alcohol Portuguese rosé (11.5 percent) 
is ultra-tangy—serve it very cold on a hot day.

2012 Barnard Griffin Rosé of Sangiovese ($12) Scarlet-hued and full of citrusy acidity, this is a Washington-state interpretation of one of Tuscany’s classic grape varieties.

2012 Librandi Cirò Rosato ($12) Italy’s Librandi has a loyal following for its Cirò red. The rosé version is 
just as appealing, with 
ripe cherry fruit and 
a touch of smokiness.

2012 Penya Rosé ($12) The local wine cooperative in the tiny French village of Cases-de-Pène, about 30 miles north of Spain, makes this watermelon-scented, lively rosé.

2012 Domaine de Malavieille Charmille ($17) Organically grown grapes (mostly Syrah) from southern France’s Pays d’Oc region produce this minerally rosé.

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Wine Wednesday

Sauvignon Blanc Cheat Sheet

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Courtesy of Franciscan Estate Napa Valley

Courtesy of Franciscan Estate Napa Valley

Ah, Sauvignon Blanc. It’s zesty, it’s crisp, it’s loaded with citrusy zing, it whets the appetite and it tastes great served cold on a hot day. And, once in a while, it smells like a green pepper exploded in your glass. More on why Sauvignon Blancs sometimes have a cat-pee aroma and great bottles of it under $20. »

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